VIDEO: Sheffield fans flock to to see X Factor stars perform at Meadowhall Christmas light switch on

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Thousands of music fans turned out for a cracker of a concert to celebrate Meadowhall’s Christmas lights switch on.

A crowd of 15,000 watched perfomances by a number of acts including MOBO Awards’ Nominee Nick Brewer, International DJ Philip George and chart topper Sigala.

Alien Uncovered perform at the Meadowhall Christmas Light Switch On. Picture: Andrew Roe

Alien Uncovered perform at the Meadowhall Christmas Light Switch On. Picture: Andrew Roe

Meadowhall and Capital FM’s annual gig raised money for St Luke’s Hospice.

Headliner Sigala, whose popular track “Easy Love”, was a number one hit played some of his favourite songs from the year as well as his own tracks.

He said: “This is one of the biggest gigs I’ve ever done. I’m not in the Chrsitmas mood yet but tonight might help.”

Also performing were Alien Uncovered, the six-strong girl band who appeared on the X Factor.

Nick Brewer performs at the Meadowhall Christmas Light Switch On. Picture: Andrew Roe

Nick Brewer performs at the Meadowhall Christmas Light Switch On. Picture: Andrew Roe

Thousands took to social media to express their disappointment at seeing the group given the boot in the first live X Factor show.

The girls, mentored by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, found themselves in the bottom two on Sunday night despite receiving rave comments from the judges - with music mogul Simon Cowell even calling them ‘the future’.

The band, who had never been to the city before said they were ‘buzzing’ for their performance and it would be full of ‘glitter swag and a bit of raunchiness.’

They said of their X Factor heartbreak: “Everything happens for a reason and it is not going to stop us working hard and being who we are. We are just going to continue to be Alien and if anything it has made us a lot stronger.”

The band are recording their own material and are planning an ‘Alien invasion’ in the coming months.

DJ Philip George described Sheffield as his being his ‘second home’ as lots of his friends live in the area and it is close to his hometown of Nottingham.

The DJ and producer, whose hit single Wish You Were Mine peaked at number two in the UK Singles Charts, said he had spent many a night out in the Fez Club before it closed down and he had played in Tank and at thr Magna Science Centre.

Despite sporting a festive jumper the young star said: “It is too early for Chrismas, I know I shouldn’t say that but it is, but I might as well embrace it.

His Christmas plans include a well-deserved break and time with his family after spending time away performing.

He recently did gigs in Germany and Poland he said he was glad to be back in the UK.

He said: “The closer it is to home I always find that people know you more, so you always get a good response. Hopefully people know who I am.”